National Certification participants

The Kaiser Permanente Scholars Academy offers pathways to professional certification for all eligible nurses.

Why is certification important?


  • Validates the highest level of professional competency
  • Demonstrates clinical excellence to all entrusted to our care
  • Inspires peers and others to achieve their personal best through certification
  • Expresses an ethical-moral commitment to lifelong learning
  • Offers a sense of professional pride and achievement
  • Supports professionalism and career mobility
  • Enhances safe and highly reliable care
  • Advances personal growth through membership and engagement in professional organizations
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How to Apply:

Step 1: Choose a certification

For options not listed, please see the Additional Financial Resources section.

Step 2: Verify Eligibility

Step 3: Your Certification Begins Here!

Use your KP Single Sign-On credentials if prompted.

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Additional Financial Resources

Reimbursement per the collective bargaining agreement between Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association

Represented nurses in Northern California are eligible to have approved national certifications (and recertifications) reimbursed. Nurses are able to submit eligible exam expenses related to certification for reimbursement per the collective bargaining agreement between Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association

Learn more about Reimbursement for National Certification Toolkit

Reimbursement through Tuition Reimbursement

In addition, nurses may use their National Tuition Reimbursement benefit to take certification preparation courses that provide continuing education units. This includes up to $500 in travel related to attending the preparation course.

The Northern California National Tuition Reimbursement Policy was updated in 2019 to cover eligible professional certification and re-certification fees for national certifications not required by your position.

This benefit enables all Northern California employees to seek professional certification and request reimbursement upon successful passing of a national certification exam.

Please contact National Tuition Reimbursement directly for any questions related to eligibility and reimbursement.

Learn more about National Tuition Reimbursement

Certification Review Courses

Please visit our FAQ page to see a list of available certification prep courses.

KP HealthStream Certification Review Courses

KP Registered nurses in pursuit of advancing their clinical knowledge also have access to certification review courses in KP HealthStream, at no cost.

  • 40+ courses cover a wide variety of popular national certifications, including CCRN, CNOR, RN-NIC, and many more
  • Access to these courses is available 24/7 so that nurses can study at a time most convenient to their busy schedules

You will need PingID to access HealthStream from home with your SSO login. Student catalog can search Cert Prep Program, scroll to find the one they are interested in.

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